bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 04/2007



From Science & Research

  • From Waste 2 Gold: Making bioplastic products from biomass waste streams

    New Zealand is widely regarded as pristine and uncluttered. But the country has waste management challenges just like everywhere else. A large volume of these wastes arise from its prolific agricultural, forestry and horticultural sectors. Innovative research programmes aimed at turning these organic wastes into high-value bioplastic products are being run by Scion, a Crown Research Institute based in Rotorua, at the heart of New Zealand’s green hinterland. At Scion, teams working on wastewater and environmental (bio)technologies have come together with those working on biopolymers, and materials formulation and processing technologies to create a suite of technology options for converting wastes into bioplastic related products. The programmes include turning wastes into bioplastics, or into functional additives for use in bioplastics, or directly into processed bioplastics products.  [more]

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  • Lactide Monomers for the production of PLA

    So far the focus for bioplastics developments has been in particular on the environmental and social elements. To make PLA sustainable on the long-term it is now crucial that the economic sustainability is secured. L- and D-lactide produced with PURAC technology in combination with PURAC’s value proposition for the value-chain members will allow PLA to become an attractive economic reality.  [more]

Open Letter

  • Dear Editor,

    It is always with great interest that we read bioplastics MAGAZINE as it brings together a vital collection of news and views in bioplastics, an industry that we at NatureWorks LLC are deeply committed to. In a recent editorial in the 03/2007 issue it was suggested that availability in general of NatureWorks® biopolymer is causing signs of hesitation in the market. This is an inaccurate statement and we feel this is an appropriate the time to bring greater clarity on our current manufacturing position.  [more]


  • Biopolymers as an option for sustainability – Quo vadis?

    Sustainability has become the new buzzword in our modern and environmentally aware society. Government authorities, organizations and companies all over the world are increasingly coming up with initiatives to improve sustainable development while striking the right balance between environmental, social and economic concerns. [more]


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  • World‘s first biodegradable zipper bag

    Forapack, an Italian flexible packaging films converter from Poggiofiorito, has expanded its product range of ready-made bags and pouches with a new series for food producers and retailers. The three product lines follow the approved design and application but are made completely of biodegradable and compostable material. [more]

  • Compostable shopping carrier bags: what is the logic for their contribution to the environment?

    After Ireland, San Francisco and Oakland in California, Modbury in Britain, the debate on disposable carrier bags has recently moved to London. Many other countries and cities are looking to introduce or already have some form of ban, tax, levy or some voluntary agreement on throwaway shopping bags (e.g. France or Italy). [more]

  • Biobags: in-line production is the future

    The Scandinavian company BioBag International A/S, headquartered in Askim, Norway has great faith in the future. They have a long experience of making plastic bags and have used converting machines from FAS Converting Machinery AB, Ystad, Sweden for more than 15 years. About three years ago BioBag International started to specialise in making plastic bags which are 100% biodegradable and compostable (according to standards such as EN 13432 or ASTM D6400) and which can be recycled or incinerated with a neutral greenhouse gas impact. Converting material from the Italian company Novamont into bags in-line on a machine from FAS is a very cost-effective way of making bags on a roll.  [more]

  • Shopping bags, that dissolve in hot water

    Headquartered Singapore, Biostarch Technology Pte Ltd was registered in 2004. However the Bio-starch journey began with research in 1998. The technological process to produce the Biostarch biopolymer film was registered for international patent in 2005. The manufacturing headquarter is in Beijing, China. [more]

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